Horizontal Drop-Down Menu

A responsive horizontal drop-down menu inspired by the Microsoft.com menu.

Horizontal Drop-Down Menu

View demo Download source

This large horizontal drop-down menu simply shows the sub-menu when an item gets clicked. It’s inspired by the Microsoft.com drop-down menu. Some example media queries show how to adjust the menu for smaller screens.

The HTML

<nav id="cbp-hrmenu" class="cbp-hrmenu">
	<ul>
		<li>
			<a href="#">Products</a>
			<div class="cbp-hrsub">
				<div class="cbp-hrsub-inner"> 
					<div>
						<h4>Learning & Games</h4>
						<ul>
							<li><a href="#">Catch the Bullet</a></li>
							<li><a href="#">Snoopydoo</a></li>
							<!-- ... -->
						</ul>
					</div>
					<div>
						<h4>Utilities</h4>
						<ul>
							<li><a href="#">Gadget Finder</a></li>
							<li><a href="#">Green Tree Express</a></li>
							<li><a href="#">Green Tree Pro</a></li>
							<li><a href="#">Wobbler 3.0</a></li>
							<li><a href="#">Coolkid</a></li>
						</ul>
					</div>
					<div>
						<!-- ... -->
					</div>
				</div><!-- /cbp-hrsub-inner -->
			</div><!-- /cbp-hrsub -->
		</li>
		<li><!-- ... --></li>
		<li><!-- ... --></li>
		<!-- ... -->
	</ul>
</nav>

The CSS

.cbp-hrmenu {
	width: 100%;
	margin-top: 2em;
	border-bottom: 4px solid #47a3da;
}

/* general ul style */
.cbp-hrmenu ul {
	margin: 0;
	padding: 0;
	list-style-type: none;
}

/* first level ul style */
.cbp-hrmenu > ul,
.cbp-hrmenu .cbp-hrsub-inner {
	width: 90%;
	max-width: 70em;
	margin: 0 auto;
	padding: 0 1.875em;
}

.cbp-hrmenu > ul > li {
	display: inline-block;
}

.cbp-hrmenu > ul > li > a {
	font-weight: 700;
	padding: 1em 2em;
	color: #999;
	display: inline-block;
}

.cbp-hrmenu > ul > li > a:hover {
	color: #47a3da;
}

.cbp-hrmenu > ul > li.cbp-hropen a,
.cbp-hrmenu > ul > li.cbp-hropen > a:hover {
	color: #fff;
	background: #47a3da;
}

/* sub-menu */
.cbp-hrmenu .cbp-hrsub {
	display: none;
	position: absolute;
	background: #47a3da;
	width: 100%;
	left: 0;
}

.cbp-hropen .cbp-hrsub {
	display: block;
	padding-bottom: 3em;
}

.cbp-hrmenu .cbp-hrsub-inner > div {
	width: 33%;
	float: left;
	padding: 0 2em 0;
}

.cbp-hrmenu .cbp-hrsub-inner:before,
.cbp-hrmenu .cbp-hrsub-inner:after {
	content: " ";
	display: table;
}

.cbp-hrmenu .cbp-hrsub-inner:after {
	clear: both;
}

.cbp-hrmenu .cbp-hrsub-inner > div a {
	line-height: 2em;
}

.cbp-hrsub h4 {
	color: #afdefa;
	padding: 2em 0 0.6em;
	margin: 0;
	font-size: 160%;
	font-weight: 300;
}

/* Examples for media queries */

@media screen and (max-width: 52.75em) { 

	.cbp-hrmenu {
		font-size: 80%;
	}

}

@media screen and (max-width: 43em) { 

	.cbp-hrmenu {
		font-size: 120%;
		border: none;
	}

	.cbp-hrmenu > ul,
	.cbp-hrmenu .cbp-hrsub-inner {
		width: 100%;
		padding: 0;
	}

	.cbp-hrmenu .cbp-hrsub-inner {
		padding: 0 2em;
		font-size: 75%;
	}

	.cbp-hrmenu > ul > li {
		display: block;
		border-bottom: 4px solid #47a3da;
	}

	.cbp-hrmenu > ul > li > a { 
		display: block;
		padding: 1em 3em;
	}

	.cbp-hrmenu .cbp-hrsub { 
		position: relative;
	}

	.cbp-hrsub h4 {
		padding-top: 0.6em;
	}

}

@media screen and (max-width: 36em) { 
	.cbp-hrmenu .cbp-hrsub-inner > div {
		width: 100%;
		float: none;
		padding: 0 2em;
	}
}

The JavaScript

var cbpHorizontalMenu = (function() {

	var $listItems = $( '#cbp-hrmenu > ul > li' ),
		$menuItems = $listItems.children( 'a' ),
		$body = $( 'body' ),
		current = -1;

	function init() {
		$menuItems.on( 'click', open );
		$listItems.on( 'click', function( event ) { event.stopPropagation(); } );
	}

	function open( event ) {

		if( current !== -1 ) {
			$listItems.eq( current ).removeClass( 'cbp-hropen' );
		}

		var $item = $( event.currentTarget ).parent( 'li' ),
			idx = $item.index();

		if( current === idx ) {
			$item.removeClass( 'cbp-hropen' );
			current = -1;
		}
		else {
			$item.addClass( 'cbp-hropen' );
			current = idx;
			$body.off( 'click' ).on( 'click', close );
		}

		return false;

	}

	function close( event ) {
		$listItems.eq( current ).removeClass( 'cbp-hropen' );
		current = -1;
	}

	return { init : init };

})();

View demo Download source

Previous:
Next:

Tagged with:

ML is a freelance web designer and developer with a passion for interaction design. She studied Cognitive Science and Computational Logic and has a weakness for the smell of freshly ground peppercorns.

View all contributions by

Website: http://www.codrops.com

Related Articles

Receive our bi-weekly Collective or blog updates right in your inbox.

Which newsletter would you like to receive?

CSS Reference

Learn about all important CSS properties from the basics with our extensive and easy-to-read CSS Reference.

It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or intermediate, start learning CSS now.